POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 TROY LEE DESIGNS EDITION
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POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 TROY LEE DESIGNS EDITION
There’s an unofficial competition in many UTV camps, and it happens before any vehicle gets moving on the trail. Usually, the newest, fastest, trickest sport machine gets extra attention, and that machine’s owner doesn’t mind a bit. For many drivers and on many trails, a sport utility SxS or recreation machine makes a whole lot more sense, but sport machines turn more heads, and that means a lot to some enthusiasts. Polaris’ new General XP 4 1000 Troy Lee Designs Edition may not have as much power and suspension as a Polaris Pro R or Can-Am X3, but it gets a lot of double-takes and approving nods.
WHAT MAKES THE TROY LEE DESIGNS EDITION SPECIAL?
The paint job, of course, but the striking color scheme is just part of the package. In case you haven’t heard of Troy Lee Designs, the founder rose to fame as the helmet painter to the stars of motocross and Supercross, and then later to top helmet-wearing competitors in everything from NASCAR to snowboarding.
Underneath all the colors and extras is the General XP 1000, one of the top sport utility UTVs. In addition to the special Troy Lee Designs paint scheme, you get an adventure rear rack, custom seats with color-matched details, interior and exterior badges, Ride Command navigation, ride-sharing and connectivity with a glove-touch 7-inch screen, Rockford Fosgate 400-watt Stage 3 audio, a Polaris HD Plus 4500-pound winch, Auto-Stop Winch and Plow mode control, and a race-inspired steering wheel with color-matched stitching.
WHAT MAKES THE GENERAL XP 1000 A FIVE STAR GENERAL?
The General XP 1000 Troy Lee Designs Edition is basically a 64-inch-wide, long-travel version of the 60-inch-wide General 1000 sport utility UTV. The lighter General 1000 is quicker because both use the same 100-horsepower, eight-valve, double-overhead-cam, parallel-twin engine. This machine’s roomy, easy-to-enter-and-exit interior, comfortable seats, upright seating and great forward visibility make it a very user-friendly trail machine, and the tilting bed and 2-inch trailer hitch receiver allow it to carry and pull more gear and supplies than you can take along with a sport UTV.
HOW DOES THE PRICE COMPARE?
At $29,699, the General XP 4 1000 Troy Lee Designs Edition is $2000 more than the lowest-priced, four-seat General XP 1000, the Deluxe. Then there’s the $29,799 Ride Command Edition and the $30,799 Trailhead Edition.
Other feature-loaded, 1000cc, four-seat, sport-utility rigs include the $25,499 Yamaha RMAX4 1000 XT-R, the $26,699 RMAX4 1000 Limited Edition, Can-Am’s $23,299 Commander Max XT, and the $25,699 Commander Max XT-P.
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT HAVE?
Selectable 2WD/4WD with an automatic-locking front differential. The rear differential unlocks to allow tighter turns and to protect delicate turf.
WHAT KIND OF TRANSMISSION DOES IT HAVE?
The most common UTV transmission—a dual-range, fully automatic, belt-type, continuously variable transmission. The General’s automatic also features engine braking, but it only acts on the rear wheels
HOW FAST IS IT?
Plenty fast for a big four-seat recreation machine. The General’s 100-horsepower provides exciting, sport UTV-like acceleration and more than enough power for a fast trail pace. It can tackle challenging hills and mud without being intimidating for new UTV drivers.
HOW IS THE POWER DELIVERY?
Crisp but easy to control. The General pulls hard when you want to have fun without being a handful when the going gets tough, technical and slippery. That tractability makes the General easy to control for hauling and towing, too.
HOW IS THE SUSPENSION?
Impressively plush, the suspension is set up for trail riding speeds and it shows. The 30-inch tires on 14-inch wheels also provide a lot of bump-absorbing sidewall, which adds to the plush ride. Comfort on everything from fast, rutted fire roads to rock-strewn riverbeds is great and much better than with the non-XP General. The General XP 4 1000’s 14 inches of front and rear travel are enough to handle aggressive riding. The General platform joins a sport UTV chassis with a comfortable recreation UTV-like body, and the combination works so well, other brands are offering more sport utility UTVs in their lineups than ever.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It’s so agile, we rarely noticed it’s a four-seater, except when it demonstrated the relaxed stability on choppy trails and whoops the machine’s extra wheelbase provides. The XP 4 1000’s 64-inch width gives it a reassuring, planted feel in turns and on off-camber terrain.
HOW IS IT IN DIFFICULT TERRAIN?
Thanks to the General’s 100-horsepower engine, you can take your crew on routes with deep mud and big hills with no worries, as long as you have the driving skill. Unlike with many pure sport UTVs, there’s very good forward visibility, and the bodywork and full doors offer better splash protection than sport models.
HOW ARE THE DETAILS?
Most get five stars. The roomy cab is super easy to enter and exit, but there’s not much extra leg room up front for riders who are taller than 6 feet. Why the seats don’t slide back a bit more is a mystery. Six-foot-tall adults can sit comfortably in the rear seats, and all the seats are very comfortable and supportive. The sound system is amazing, and the closeable front and rear center consoles offer tons of storage space. Each has a 12-volt power port. There’s also a good-sized glove box and storage wells in the dash. The analog instruments are big and easy to read, and the Ride Command screen is easy to see day or night. There are some nice luxury touches, too, like the soft blue LED lighting that illuminates the console and floor, making it easy to spot things like dropped keys at night.
WHAT IS OUR FINAL ANSWER?
The General XP 4 1000 Troy Lee Designs Edition is a conversation starter and a machine to have if you like getting noticed. When you tally up the value of the Troy Lee Designs Edition’s features and accessories, it’s also a very good buy. When you consider the comfort, practicality and ease of use of the smooth-riding General XP 4 1000, this sport utility starts looking really good compared to many pure sport models, and not just because of the cool paint job.
2022 POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 TROY LEE DESIGNS EDITION
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC
Bore x stroke 93mm x 73.5mm (x2)
Compression ratio 11:1
Lubrication system Wet sump
Additional cooling Auto fan
Induction 48mm EFI (x2)
Starting procedure Turn ignition switch
Type Paper pleat
Access Tool-less; lift bed, undo two straps
Transmission Dual-range CVT w/ rev. & EBS
Reverse procedure Move range selector to “R”
Drive system Selectable Turf mode/2WD/4WD
w/ auto diff-lock
Final drives Shafts
Fuel capacity 9.5 gal.
Overall length/width/height 150.2”/64”/77”
Ground clearance 13.5”
Claimed dry weight 2,008 lb.
Bed weight limit 600 lb.
Hitch 2” receiver
Towing limit 1,500 lb.
Frame Steel round/square tube
Front Dual A-arm w/ Walker Evans compression/
preload adj. shocks/14”
Rear IRS Dual A-arms w/ Walker Evans compression/
preload adj. shocks/14”
Front Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Rear Hydraulic discs/left-side pedal
Parking Mode in transmission
Front 30×10-15 Pro Armor Crawler XGF
Rear 30×10-15 Pro Armor Crawler XG
DC outlet Console & dash
Front 2 LED hi/lo headlights
Rear Dual LED brake/taillights
Color Stealth Black/camo
Minimum recommended operator age 16
Suggested retail price $24,999
Contact Polaris, (800) POLARIS
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